In the two years since the case ended, the Turcottes have scraped together enough money to make their mortgage payments. But with a combined income of $1,600 a month from Social Security, they no longer can keep up. Their home has fallen into disrepair, with water damage from a leaky roof spreading throughout the house.

For nearly three years, The Black Jacket Symphony has been touring cities and states such as Huntsville, Chattanooga, Georgia and Kentucky performing landmark albums by some of music greats, including The Beatles, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and more. But what sets them apart from some generic groups is that they select an album and perform it in its entirety, as in reproducing it for note, sound for sound with a first class lighting and video production. At the Von Braun Center Smith Concert Hall to perform what Willoughby describes as the quintessential Led Zeppelin album, with to Heaven..

Those defendants, Falcon and Magluta, were charged with running a continuing criminal enterprise in the narcotics business. The allegations were that they ran this enterprise from 1978 all the way through 1991. That they were drug kingpins, in other words.

Consider just two of the seminars offered this spring: Gary Shteyngart’s “The Hysterical Male,” an exploration of the men in novels by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Martin Amis and others; and “Being Smart on the Page,” in which novelist Richard Ford seeks to examine what makes fiction good, from settling on a story’s premise to choosing the right words. Countless faculty books are published every year. In fact, one of the first Columbians to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize was Michael Pupin, (CC 1883), a professor of mathematical physics and electrical engineering for whom Pupin Hall is named.

Throughout the year they will attend special events, such as a monthly speaker series with alumni entrepreneurs, and training workshops focused on skills like proposal writing and project management. And they will go on field trips, including a site visit to Google offices in New York City. Many will compete in a yearlong competition to plan and program software applications, but the best part for many of the residents may well be living with others who share their interests..

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